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Title

Moon above the sea at Daimotsu Bay - Benkei , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

January 1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Daimotsu kaijō no tsuki - Benkei
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    January 1886
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour woodblock; ōban
    Dimensions
    39.0 x 26.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated.

    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    258.2012.12
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Musashibō Benkei is one of Japan’s favourite heroes, an exemplar of loyalty. He was a famous follower of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo, who founded the Kamakura Shogunate after defeating the Taira clan in what is known as the Genpei War. Fearing Yoshitsune as a rival, Yoritomo forced Yoshitsune to flee with the loyal Benkei. This print depicts a scene popularised in nō and kabuki plays when Benkei quells a storm raised by the ghosts of Taira warriors with prayers and magic spells. Benkei wears a small black hat that was the insignia of ‘mountain warriors’, with whom he had been associated before becoming Yoshitsune’s follower.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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